DBFC 2 – 1 Team Shotgun

Scorers: Dom and JB.

Assists: Richie and Dom.

 

Happy Valley was the venue for this week’s match vs a tricky Team Shotgun team. 13 players were all DBFC had compared to the nearly 2 squads of players that Shotgun brought along for the day.

 

With Tropics beating J-Leaguers on the same pitch in the match immediately before, our game was of big significance for both teams; a win for DBFC would see us maintain 4 points ahead of FWD and go 6 points clear of J-Leaguers with a game in hand over both teams; a loss for Team Shotgun would put them below Tropics and into the dreaded relegation zone.

 

DB started with a good 10 players (Halder excluded as his spinning head would effect his on pitch performance) in a 4-4-2 set-up: Yanou (Keeps) Simon (RB) Kieran and David (CB) Morse (LB) Warren (RM) Dom and Pascal (CM) Scotty (LM) Halder and JB (up top): Ritchie and Danny Lye (late arrival) were on the bench. Kieran was made Captain for the day given that Captain Fantastic (Halder) was not feeling himself.

 

DB started well with David and Kieran dealing with the long balls that Shotgun players were pumping forward, as this seemed to be their main tactic. JB wasn’t having a lot of luck up top and Halder wasn’t getting into the game (as usual lately). Shotgun were starting to look dangerous with some moves down the wings that won a series of corners. The Shotgun players had obviously been practicing their corners as many were good quality in-swingers that our defenders had to work hard at clearing and Yanou doing particularly well a number of times by coming out with a flying leap to punch clear. It was a Shotgun corner where the first goal of the game came from. A surprise short corner to their left back who had time to take a touch and wait for Halder to finally put pressure on him, after Dave had shouted numerous times for Halder to watch the short corner – which he did, literally. The Shotgun LB floated a cross into the DBFC box that drifted over all heads towards the back post between Yanou and Morse for it to come off the post, just under the cross bar and into the goal.

 

This was a wakeup call for DBFC who had shown poor form in the 20 minutes leading to this goal. A tactical swap between Scotty H and JB (the former going up top and JB on the left wing) generated some impetus and DBFC upped their game. DBFC were generally on top for the remainder of the half but couldn’t find the goal that would bring them level.  With DBFC pressing, it allowed Shotgun a couple of fast breaks that resulted in a couple of shocking misses that could’ve resulted in an even worse half time score line but 0-1 it was.

 

Half time talk was a bollocking from Gazza and Kieran. We needed to put it right in the 2nd half and work as a team if we were going to win this match. We needed more grit, determination and heart when our football is below par and fight for every blade of grass. Halder came off (continuing what was probably lining up to be the worst day of his life… more on this later) for Dan Lye to come on into midfield and Dom pushing up into Halder’s position. Ritchie came on for a straight swap for Scotty Holmes up top.

 

DB started the second half brightly with renewed vigour, winning the first and second ball everywhere on the pitch. Shotgun continued to look for a counter-attack down the wings as DBFC pressed for the equaliser. These were well defended by our back four but inevitably corners were conceded that Shotgun threatened with. One corner, David lost flight of the ball, in the sun, and headed towards his own goal to nearly, spectacularly, put it into the top corner of his own net but fortunately it went out for another corner. This time the resulting corner was awful from Shotgun and the ball fell to JB on the front edge of the DBFC box. JB saw Ritchie up top screaming for the ball and launched it forward. Ritchie collected and held off Shotgun’s very good CB, to go past him down the left wing and slide a neat pass into Dom, bursting through from the middle, to coolly slot home past the Shotgun keeper to make it 1-1. Game on!

 

DBFC were now on top with Shotgun struggling to keep pace with DB’s more confident football. Our passing was a lot more assured, and the defence continued their solid performance, whilst Yanou was catching and holding everything that came at him. A further tactical switch of Richie to LM and Jordon as the front man and a straight substitution of a tiring Warren (ran his socks and dodgy knees into the ground and hurt his back with some dodgy backflips) firmed the DBFC structure. It wasn’t long before the second goal came and it was from Dom darting down the left wing to put in a cross that the keeper flapped at and the ball fell nicely for JB to nod in and make it 2-1.

 

DBFC played out the rest of the game with JB guilty of missing a couple of great opportunities and one shocking miss from Scotty Holmes.

 

This was a fantastic result for a misfiring DBFC, who put in a gritty performance to hold on in the first half and see it come together in the second half. It now puts DBFC in a good commanding position after the J-Leaguers dropped points. The beers tasted particularly good at the Pier Bar that evening.

 

MOM – a few contenders here. David was solid in defence considering he hadn’t played in months! Captain Kieran led well from the back. Dom was excellent in Midfield and unlucky not to have this award, but this week it goes to our young keeper Yanou. He organised his back four very well, caught everything that came at him, and was vocal throughout the game. Would’ve had a clean sheet if Halder followed his man but we’ll forget about that…

 

DOD: A few strong contenders for this.

Warren: for not 1 but 2 failed overhead kicks in the opposition half; and a failed back heel.

Halder: To say it nicely; this was probably the $hittest day this bloke has had in a while. It all started at 8:30 in the morning when he was late for work. His excuses on the day being “my helper didn’t wake me up and my phone didn’t charge, so my alarm never went off. Luckily for Halder, Scotty Holmes could have a contender for “Miss of the Season”: After Dom had swung the ball in, it missed everyone in the box but fell to Scotty Holmes 4 yards out. With nothing in the goal other than the net, he decided to smash the ball against the outside of the post. His cries of “I was offside anyway” were quickly shot down and therefore, Dick of the Day this week goes to Mr. Holmes.

 

Reported by JB with some editing by David / Gazza